Now you really can Master self-publishing

Inspired, apparently, by the commercial success of 50 Shades of Grey, a UK university is offering a Master’s Degree course in self-publishing, claimed to be the first of its kind on the world.

The University of Central Lancashire says self-publishing is now a highly successful and respected business model for  new and established authors and claim its dynamic MA course will reveal how to make self-publishing work for you.

It says the course will equip students with all the necessary skills needed to be a self-published author, including:

  • How to edit your book

  • How to lay it out

  • How to monitor sales

  • How to manage yourself and your finances

  • Marketing yourself and your book

  • How to create an ebook

The final part of the course will give students the opportunity to complete a finished copy of their book.

The course will be taught by industry experts with contributions from successful self-published authors. Students will get round-the-clock access to the university’s bespoke publishing house in the state-of-the-art Media Factory with all the latest equipment and industry-level software such as Creative Cloud, InDesign and Nielsen Bookscan.

Course modules include:

• The Publishing Environment

• Editing Principles and Practice

• Self-Employment in Publishing, Writing and Editing

• Electronic Publishing and the Creation of E-Books

• The Production Process

• Marketing for Writers

• Creative Publishing Project